Monday, November 17, 2008

Face Up to it


Exciting teaching is more of a choice than a talent. We are considering how our external behaviors impact our teaching. We have spoken about our voice and our eyes. Today consider that one of the most important is our faces. They transmit a message for all to see.

As a teacher we should use our faces to demonstrate a full range of emotions that support the lesson that you are presenting to your students. If you are trying to share a celebratory thought and you are frowning and your face is sad - which message will the students receive? Have you ever noticed parents or teachers who can control a situation with only a look? Milo Frank has said - "If you say something amusing with a smile, nine times out of ten your listeners will smile right along with you."

In the Scriptures, face is often a figure of speech for the entire person. The face was a metaphor for conveying what is in the heart. It is an outward expression of what is going on inside. Consider Numbers 6:24 - 26 - "The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace."
When the Lord's face is on us, we have His blessing. What does your face convey to your students.

For Kingdom Education,

From WTB "Teaching with Style" (c) 1994

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